Common name: Thyme Honey-myrtle
Melaleuca thymifolia Sm. APNI*
Description: Shrub to 1 m, or rarely 2 m high with corky bark; stems often arising from a lignotuber.
Leaves opposite to ± opposite, narrow-elliptic, mostly 10–15 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, apex acute, glabrous; petiole to 1 mm long.
Inflorescences lateral on older stems, few-flowered spikes up to 2 cm long; rachis glabrous. Flowers solitary within each bract, broadly sessile, pink to deep mauve. Petals ovate, 4–5 mm long. Stamens 40–60 per bundle; claw 4–6 mm long.
Fruit cup- or barrel-shaped, 3–5 mm diam., orifice c. 2 mm diam.; sepals thickened, persistent in fruit.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath and scrubland, in damp places and margins of swamps; north from Pigeon House Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter. G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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